The rules on English languages tests for UK Visa applications have been completely re-hashed and come into effect on 6 April 2015. IELTS is now the only valid test and a consortium of IELTS, IDP and the British Council is the only approved test provider outside of the UK. For anyone taking the test in the Philippines they can take the test at either IDP or British Council Test Centres in Manila or Cebu. The British Council may have more frequent test sessions than IDP and, on one list I saw, it showed the British Council providing tests on Saturday and Sunday, IDP do not... http://www.ielts.org/test_takers_information/findtest_ukvi.aspx But the booking system is not yet live on the British Council website for any of their venues in the Philippines and you may have to wait until 30 April when it seems the booking system would then be available. I think you can book for a test at an IDP venue though... https://ieltsukvisas.britishcouncil.org/#/ For those taking the test for Visa or ILR purposes, where only speaking and listening is required, IELTS have agreed with the UK Authorities to offer just those elements in a new IELTS test called 'Life Skills'. It is available at B1 level for ILR applications and at A1 level for certain types of visa (eg fiancée and spouse) The cost of the Life Skills test (A1 or B1) will be 11,125 Pesos which somewhat more than the standard IELTS test which is under 9,000 Pesos even though the standard IELTS test includes the writing and reading elements as well. You can see the test dates and venues for the British Council IELTS tests here, but it does not give any weekend dates... http://www.britishcouncil.ph/exam/ielts/ielts-ukvi-dates-fees-locations Here is a full list of the test providers and venues worldwide for the new IELTS test... https://www.gov.uk/government/uploa...lish_Language_Tests_and_Test_Centres_v2_0.pdf It is still very much a case of 'work in progress' with more details and website updates appearing daily!